Center for Labor and Employment Law

DIVERSITY INITIATIVES IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW


Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan St., Pollack Colloquium, 9th Floor

(Between Washington Square South and West Third Street)

January 25, 2008, 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Chairs: Meryl Kaynard (JPMorgan Chase), Donna Malin (Johnson & Johnson), Raymond Lohier (U.S. Attorney’s Office S.D.N.Y), Talee Zur Potter (JPMorgan Chase)

Breakfast Buffet and Reception (8:00-9:00)

Introductory Remarks: Meryl Kaynard (JP Morgan Chase) (9:00)

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Judith Kaye, Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals (9:10- 9:40)

Part One. The Big Picture (The Problem, the Data) (9:40-10:20)

Moderator: Raymond Lohier, U.S. Attorney's Office (S.D.N.Y.)

Alex David – Director of Diversity, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Katherine Frink-Hamlet – President, Frink-Hamlett Legal Solutions (Legal Placement Firm with Diversity Capabilities or Capacity)
Arthur Matthews – Principal Partner, Diversityofficers.com, NYU Adjunct Assistant Professor
Brande Stellings – Senior Director, Catalyst
   

  • Statement of goals and diversity benchmarking studies for law firms and corporate law departments vis-à-vis people of color and women
  • Availability data/pipeline vis-à-vis people of color and women
  • Recommended strategies for recruitment, advancement and retention vis-à-vis people of color and women
  • Identification of issues regarding the practice of law unique to people of color and women
  • Differences between private and public sectors and between outside law firm and internal legal departments
  • Need for culture change

Part Two: What Works/What Doesn’t (10:20-11:00)

Moderator: Meryl Kaynard (JP Morgan Chase)

Michael Delikat, Orrick.
Joe Dilg, Vinson & Elkins
Beth Kaufman, Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman
Donna Malin, Johnson & Johnson
Meredith Moore, Weil Gotshal
Jeff Reitman, JPMorgan Chase
Federico E. Virella, U.S. Attorney's Office (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Law firm diversity programs
  • Improving performance review; mentoring programs
  • Addressing work-life balance
  • Issues unique to government practice
  • Issues unique to in-house practice
  • Law school initiatives

Additional Q&A and Concluding Remarks (11-11:30)

Reception (11:30 – 12:30)

Please RSVP to Ben Eisenman at ben.eisenman@nyu.edu or 212 998-6242.